Posted by Chuck on July 4, 2019
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Published on July 4th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Citi Moving from 24-Month Signup Bonus Restriction to 48-Month Restriction

Update 7/4/19: All the Citi AA links are now showing this 48 month language consistently (at least when starting at Citi/AA websites. There are still older links with 24 months). Hat tip to Pbjclimbing

Citi has a rule whereby you can only get a signup bonus once every 24 months. Some indications are pointing to this changing upward from 24 months to 48 months.

Dansdeals reports that some Citi American Airlines credit cards are showing a new restriction wording of 48 months instead of 24 months.

Old Wording: “American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a MileUp℠ or CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.”

New Wording: “American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles are not available if you have received a new account bonus for a Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select account in the past 48 months.”

Despite the downside of going from 24 to 48, there are two positive things would come out of this change if it were to happen:

  • It seems they’ll be moving away from the notion of lumping all family cards as one, instead each card will go on its own timeline.
  • It seems they’ll be removing the clause about how closing a card resets the clock, only getting a new cardmember bonus will reset the clock.

That card closure part is just asinine. It almost feels worth to swallow the longer timeframe if we get the family rule removed, plus get rid of the card closure thing.

Doing a few quick search, I can’t find the reported link which shows the 48 month language; all the links I see on American Airlines cards and other cards still show the old 24 month terms. Who knows if this will materialize or not, this is just a headsup in case it does.

(Travelinpoints found the 48 month links: AA Platinum Elite Here and Here; AA Business Here.)

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John
John

The bigger news will be if they add those restrictions to the mailers.

Stryker
Stryker

With no mailer restrictions, it’s game as usual.

Dan - Legal Bank Robber
Dan - Legal Bank Robber

shhhh

Kyle
Kyle

how quickly do you close one of those cards? or, how many would you have open at once?

Mike
Mike

What mailers ? The last personal mailers expired 2 days ago so come August 14 days the mailer game may be over

LC
LC

how do you know there arent more out there that just havent made it out? its a new quarter.. Citi could be doing another campaign

bob
bob

betweent this and the removal of the 10% rebate on miles redemptions, the only reason to keep this card is….free bags? worth it, i guess, esp if you can get an AF waiver or two.

Frank

a restriction on signing up for the card again is going to make you cancel the card? Please…

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Bigger point is there’s now no reason to close card at all if you still get some value from it since language suggests it’s from time of last bonus. So, all things going and staying this way, at the 4 yr mark for your current card one presumes you can close it and reapply for bonus again?

Brian
Brian

I think as a whole this is better. Currently it would take you a total of 2 years plus swallowing one annual fee in order to get two bonuses on premiere and prestige. Now you can get both and not need to pay a single annual fee, if you plan to use the points within year one. It would take 4 years to get 3 bonuses and now theoretically it would take 4 years to get 4 bonuses.

Bouje
Bouje

This only seems like it applies to AA cards but would agree if this was rolled out to everything it would definitely be a net win as long as the grAAvy train continues.

sdsearch
sdsearch

If you click on the business link above, there are images of the other cards in the upper right, and you can get links for Executive and MileUp cards also, and they each seem to have the same terms (which mention only that specific card).

IMHO this may be an improvement for personal card applicants (who don’t get mailers) because there are three cards you can rotate among, but it’s worse for those who only want business cards (for 5/24 reasons) because there’s only AA business card at Citi.

dk
dk

At one point before I was churning I opted out of mailers, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get opted back in. Any ideas?

Andrew D
Andrew D

Are you talking about all CC mailers or just AA? you can go back to opt out pre screen (where you opted out of CC mailers) to opt back in if it was CC mailers you want.

Ann
Ann

Also check any marketing preferences pages available in your online bank/CC accounts.

Matt
Matt

Sign up for a new, dummy AAdvantage account with a different email. You will start getting email offers without the 24/48 month restriction.

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this application link QUOTE “American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles can be earned by NEW Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® card cardmembers approved through this offer. American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles are not available if you have had any Citi® / AAdvantage® card (other than a MileUp℠ or CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® card) opened or closed in the past 24 months.”

I’m following the discussion about earning bonus miles/>24 months/opened/closed, etc. never mind that for the moment, but what about the term “NEW” above (I capitalized)? Many have multiple still active Plat Sel cards, opened many many years ago, bonus earned > 2 yrs ago. But none of us will be a “new” cardmember?!?!?

https://citicards.citi.com/usc/LPACA/AA/AAdvantage/Platinum/PS_A/index.html?cmp=KNC~01~110901~CRDACQXX~Google&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI54Hkmv_w4gIVlvhkCh2Y8Qv1EAAYASAAEgLx4PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&BT_TX=1&ProspectID=390FED35445B493DAB4B1702FB755C34Offer Availability

Vaidy
Vaidy

Is there a business card link that has 24 months clause as well ?

Chong786
William Charles

Sorry should have said from the AA/Citi homepages

Peter
Peter

Thanks dude. Just grabbed one for myself and wife each.

Sonia
Sonia

Omg no!

Fred
Fred

If I downgraded my person AAdvantage Platinum Select (which I got 3 years ago) recently to the Mileup card, does that mean I will have to wait 48 months from my downgrade date until my next Platinum select bonus?

Vaidy
Vaidy

Is there a link for the business card that still has the 24 months clause?

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